By 1993-1994 I had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder for nearly sixteen years.  For the first time the city a support group was formed in the city I live in,  and I became very actively involved.  At that time I was also working full time as an office manager and was very busy.  I loved my involvement with the support group.  We weren't a large group...about twenty members meeting every two weeks, and each of us took turns planning the topic for discussion for a meeting.  The coffee was always hot (and decaffeinated) ...and the medical community here supported us in every way.

We don't have many psychiatrists here but every one of them took time to come to our meetings and speak on a different topic.  At those meetings we often had one hundred or more people in attendance.

I was with the group for two years and near the end of that time my illness became very unstable.  In 1994 I had lost a close friend and group member to suicide (see Jeff's story under Collie in the About Us section).   I was in and out of hospital most of 1995...spending 3 months one time, eight weeks another etc.  My doctor determined that I would never return to work.  He also strongly advised that I not return to the support group because he felt that I was allowing myself to be under too much stress.

All of that was fine with me though because I had lost all desire to go anywhere outside of my own home.  In 1996 I got my first computer!!!!  I met many other people with bipolar disorder on the "net" by visiting message boards, making friends, and emailing back and forth with them.  I "surfed" constantly for information on the internet and was amazed at what I found.

It wasn't long before I was thinking about trying to do a web site of my own.  I knew nothing about HTML language and next to nothing about design, but my office skills were still sharp.  I decided that the internet had as many Bipolar Disorder web sites as it could handle and I launched my small web site "Psychiatric Drugs and Weight Control" at Geocities...this was a subject I was, and still am very interested in.  There is only so much can be said about this topic though...I became partners with a friend Dave on a bulletin board where we worked for a year....but I still wasn't satisfied.  I finally decided that I wanted a general Bipolar Disorder web site that would combine warm and friendly support with information about the illness,

I had learned a lot about programs and graphics and it was time for Bipolar World to be born.  On April 12, 1999 Bipolar World was opened at and it grew from a few pages to the over 250 pages we have here now. 

The site you are seeing right now is a complete overhaul of the previous site and is due to be launched about September 5, 2000.

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Owners:  Allie Bloom, David Schafer, M.Ed. (Blackdog)

Partners:  John Haeckel, Judith (Duff)
Founder:  Colleen Sullivan
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